Nobuaki Maeda

Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, Edo, Tōkyō, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) play pivotal roles in the regulation of Wnt signaling activity in several tissues. At the Drosophila melanogaster neuromuscular junction (NMJ), Wnt/Wingless (Wg) regulates the formation of both pre- and postsynaptic structures; however, the mechanism balancing such bidirectional signaling remains elusive. In this paper, we demonstrate that mutations in the gene of a secreted HSPG, perlecan/trol, resulted in diverse postsynaptic defects and overproduction of synaptic boutons at NMJ. The postsynaptic defects, such as reduction in subsynaptic reticulum (SSR), were rescued by the postsynaptic activation of the Frizzled nuclear import Wg pathway. In contrast, overproduction of synaptic boutons was suppressed by the presynaptic down-regulation of the canonical Wg pathway. We also show that Trol was localized in the SSR and promoted postsynaptic accumulation of extracellular Wg proteins. These results suggest that Trol bidirectionally regulates both pre- and postsynaptic activities of Wg by precisely distributing Wg at the NMJ.
    The Journal of Cell Biology 01/2013; DOI:10.1083/jcb.201207036 · 9.69 Impact Factor
  • Keisuke Kamimura, Nobuaki Maeda
    Neuroscience Research 09/2011; 71. DOI:10.1016/j.neures.2011.07.460 · 2.15 Impact Factor
  • Neuroscience Research 09/2011; 71. DOI:10.1016/j.neures.2011.07.1492 · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) participate in a wide range of biological processes through interactions with a number of ligand proteins. The nature of these interactions largely depends on the heparan sulfate (HS) moiety of HSPGs, which undergoes a series of modifications by various HS-modifying enzymes (HSMEs). Although the effects of alterations in a single HSME on physiological processes have started to be studied, it remains elusive how a combination of these molecules control the structure and function of HS. Here we systematically manipulated the HS structures and analyzed their effect on morphogenesis and signaling, using the genetically tractable model organism, Drosophila. We generated transgenic fly strains overexpressing HSMEs alone or in combination. Unsaturated disaccharide analyses of HS showed that expression of various HSMEs generates distinct HS structures, and the enzymatic activities of HSMEs are influenced by coexpression of other HSMEs. Furthermore, these transgenic HSME animals showed a different extent of lethality, and a subset of HSMEs caused specific morphological defects due to defective activities of Wnt and bone morphogenetic protein signaling. There is no obvious relationship between HS unsaturated disaccharide composition and developmental defects in HSME animals, suggesting that other structural factors, such as domain organization or sulfation sequence, might regulate the function of HS.
    Glycobiology 12/2010; 21(5):607-18. DOI:10.1093/glycob/cwq202 · 3.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chondroitin sulfate and heparan sulfate proteoglycans are major components of the cell surface and extracellular matrix in the brain. Both chondroitin sulfate and heparan sulfate are unbranched highly sulfated polysaccharides composed of repeating disaccharide units of glucuronic acid and N-acetylgalactosamine, and glucuronic acid and N-acetylglucosamine, respectively. During their biosynthesis in the Golgi apparatus, these glycosaminoglycans are highly modified by sulfation and C5 epimerization of glucuronic acid, leading to diverse heterogeneity in structure. Their structures are strictly regulated in a cell type-specific manner during development partly by the expression control of various glycosaminoglycan-modifying enzymes. It has been considered that specific combinations of glycosaminoglycan-modifying enzymes generate specific functional microdomains in the glycosaminoglycan chains, which bind selectively with various growth factors, morphogens, axon guidance molecules and extracellular matrix proteins. Recent studies have begun to reveal that the molecular interactions mediated by such glycosaminoglycan microdomains play critical roles in the various signaling pathways essential for the development of the brain.
    Neurochemical Research 11/2010; 36(7):1228-40. DOI:10.1007/s11064-010-0324-y · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Axon-dendrite polarity of neurons is essential for information processing in the nervous system. Here we studied the functions of chondroitin sulfate (CS) and heparan sulfate (HS) in neuronal polarization using cultured dissociated hippocampal neurons. Immunohistochemical analyses of early cultured neurons indicated the distribution of these glycosaminoglycans to be quite different. While CS epitopes were accumulated in the focal contacts present in axons and cell bodies, those of HS were detected ubiquitously on the cell surface including on dendrites and axons. Treatment with chondroitinase (CHase) ABC, which degrades CS, and knockdown of a CS sulfotransferase, N-acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfate 6-O-sulfotransferase (4,6-ST), which is involved in the biosynthesis of oversulfated structures, induced the formation of multiple axons in hippocampal neurons. Time-lapse recordings revealed the multiple axons of CHase ABC-treated neurons to be highly unstable, extending and retracting, repeatedly. CHase ABC-treatments suggested that CS is involved in the formation of phosphorylated focal adhesion kinase-positive focal contacts. Thus, CS may enhance integrin signaling in the nascent axons, supporting axon specification. On the other hand, when neurons were treated with heparitinases that specifically degrade HS, neurons with a single axon increased. The axons of HSase-treated neurons extended steadily and showed almost no retraction. These results suggest that CS stabilizes and HS destabilizes the growth of axons in an opposing manner, contributing to early neuronal polarization.
    Neuroscience 09/2010; 169(4):1535-47. DOI:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2010.06.027 · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chondroitin sulfate is popular in the field of neuroscience, because the treatment of nervous tissues with chondroitinase ABC, which degrades chondroitin sulfate up to unsaturated disaccharides, causes severe changes in various aspects of neural development and functions. Chondroitinase ABC treatments of developing nervous tissue impair the growth and differentiation of neural progenitor cells, and cause various pathfinding errors of axons. After injury to the adult central nervous system, axon regeneration fails at scar regions expressing large amounts of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans. However, after chondroitinase ABC treatment, many axons regenerate and traverse the damaged areas. Furthermore, it was revealed that chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans are involved in neural plasticity. These observations indicated that chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans as major components of the extracellular matrix and cell surface play pivotal roles in the development, regeneration, and plasticity of neuronal networks. Chondroitin sulfate shows highly diverse structural variation, and recent studies indicated that this glycosaminoglycan binds with various growth factors, chemokines and axon guidance molecules in a structure-dependent manner and regulates their activities. Notably, oversulfated structures such as D (GlcA(2-O-sulfate)beta 1-3GalNAc(6-O-sulfate)) and E (GlcAbeta1-3GalNAc(4,6-O-disulfate)) units constitute the binding sites for many proteins, and play important roles in regulation of the growth of neural progenitors, neurite extension, and neuronal migration. The synthesis of these structures is strictly regulated by the chondroitin sulfate synthase family and many sulfotransferases, which should be useful therapeutic targets in neurological disorders.
    Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry(Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Central Nervous System Agents) 03/2010; 10(1):22-31. DOI:10.2174/187152410790780136
  • Nobuaki Maeda, Nobuna Fukazawa, Maki Ishii
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    ABSTRACT: PTPzeta and lectican family members are major chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CS-PGs) in the brain, which bind with many proteins via core protein and CS portions. Recent studies revealed that the oversulfated structures in CS constitute high affinity binding sites for various growth factors and axon guidance molecules, and play important roles in the proliferation of neural progenitor cells, neurite extension and neuronal migration. PTPzeta uses pleiotrophin as a ligand. The CS portion of PTPzeta constitutes a part of the pleiotrophin-binding site, and oversulfated D unit increases the binding affinity. Pleiotrophin-PTPzeta signaling regulates the morphogenesis of Purkinje cell by controlling the tyrosine phosphorylation of a Notch-related transmembrane protein, DNER. In the brain of adult animals, a subset of neurons are surrounded by CS-PG-rich extracellular matrix called perineuronal net, in which lecticans form complexes with hyaluronic acid and tenascin-R. CS-PGs in the perineuronal net regulate ocular dominance plasticity in the visual cortex by enhancing the uptake of Otx2 homeoprotein by parvalbumin-positive interneurons in a CS-dependent manner. These studies revealed unexpectedly complex mechanisms of CS-PG functions.
    Frontiers in Bioscience 01/2010; 15:626-44. · 4.25 Impact Factor
  • Nobuaki Maeda, Kazunari Nishimura
    Neuroscience Research 01/2010; 68:e137. DOI:10.1016/j.neures.2010.07.2178 · 2.15 Impact Factor
  • Nobuaki Maeda, Maki Ishii, Kazunari Nishimura
    Neuroscience Research 01/2009; 65. DOI:10.1016/j.neures.2009.09.1081 · 2.15 Impact Factor
  • Maki Ishii, Nobuaki Maeda
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    ABSTRACT: Chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycans bind with various proteins through CS chains in a CS structure-dependent manner, in which oversulfated structures, such as iB (IdoA(2-O-sulfate)alpha1-3GalNAc(4-O-sulfate)), D (GlcA(2-O-sulfate)beta1-3GalNAc(6-O-sulfate)), and E (GlcAbeta1-3GalNAc(4,6-O-disulfate)) units constitute the critical functional module. In this study, we examined the expression and function of three CS sulfotransferases in the developing neocortex: uronyl 2-O-sulfotransferase (UST), N-acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfate 6-O-sulfotransferase (4,6-ST) and dermatan 4-O-sulfotransferase-1 (D4-ST), which are responsible for the synthesis of oversulfated structures. The CS chains of the neocortex of mouse embryos contained significant amounts of D and E units that are generated by UST and 4,6-ST, respectively. UST and 4,6-ST mRNAs were expressed in the ventricular and subventricular zones, and their expression increased during late embryonic development. In utero electroporation experiments indicated that knockdown of UST and 4,6-ST resulted in the disturbed migration of cortical neurons. The neurons electroporated with the short hairpin RNA constructs of UST and 4,6-ST accumulated in the lower intermediate zone and in the subventricular zone, showing a multipolar morphology. The cDNA constructs of UST and 4,6-ST rescued the defects caused by the RNA interference, and the neurons were able to migrate radially. On the other hand, knockdown of D4-ST, which is involved in the biosynthesis of the iB unit, caused no migratory defects. These results revealed that specific oversulfated structures in CS chains play critical roles in the migration of neuronal precursors during cortical development.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 10/2008; 283(47):32610-20. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M806331200 · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    Maki Ishii, Nobuaki Maeda
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    ABSTRACT: Chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycans are major components of the cell surface and the extracellular matrix in the developing brain and bind to various proteins via CS chains in a CS structure-dependent manner. This study demonstrated the expression pattern of three CS sulfotransferase genes, dermatan 4-O-sulfotransferase (D4ST), uronyl 2-O-sulfotransferase (UST), and N-acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfate 6-O-sulfotransferase (GalNAc4S-6ST), in the mouse postnatal cerebellum. These sulfotransferases are responsible for the biosynthesis of oversulfated structures in CS chains such as B, D, and E units, which constitute the binding sites for various heparin-binding proteins. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis indicated that the expression of UST increased remarkably during cerebellar development. The amounts of B and D units, which are generated by UST activity, in the cerebellar CS chains also increased during development. In contrast, the expression of GalNAc4S-6ST and its biosynthetic product, E unit, decreased during postnatal development. In situ hybridization experiments revealed the levels of UST and GalNAc4S-6ST mRNAs to correlate inversely in many cells including Purkinje cells, granule cells in the external granular layer, and inhibitory interneurons. In these neurons, the expression of UST increased and that of GalNAc4S-6ST decreased during development and/or maturation. D4ST was also expressed by many neurons, but its expression was not simply correlated with development, which might contribute to the diversification of CS structures expressed by distinct neurons. These results suggest that the CS structures of various cerebellar neurons change during development and such changes of CS are involved in the regulation of various signaling pathways.
    Glycobiology 09/2008; 18(8):602-14. DOI:10.1093/glycob/cwn040 · 3.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Protein tyrosine phosphatase zeta (PTPzeta) is a receptor type protein tyrosine phosphatase that uses pleiotrophin as a ligand. Pleiotrophin inactivates the phosphatase activity of PTPzeta, resulting in the increase of tyrosine phosphorylation levels of its substrates. We studied the functional interaction between PTPzeta and DNER, a Notch-related transmembrane protein highly expressed in cerebellar Purkinje cells. PTPzeta and DNER displayed patchy colocalization in the dendrites of Purkinje cells, and immunoprecipitation experiments indicated that these proteins formed complexes. Several tyrosine residues in and adjacent to the tyrosine-based and the second C-terminal sorting motifs of DNER were phosphorylated and were dephosphorylated by PTPzeta, and phosphorylation of these tyrosine residues resulted in the accumulation of DNER on the plasma membrane. DNER mutants lacking sorting motifs accumulated on the plasma membrane of Purkinje cells and Neuro-2A cells and induced their process extension. While normal DNER was actively endocytosed and inhibited the retinoic-acid-induced neurite outgrowth of Neuro-2A cells, pleiotrophin stimulation increased the tyrosine phosphorylation level of DNER and suppressed the endocytosis of this protein, which led to the reversal of this inhibition, thus allowing neurite extension. These observations suggest that pleiotrophin-PTPzeta signaling controls subcellular localization of DNER and thereby regulates neuritogenesis.
    Molecular and Cellular Biology 08/2008; 28(14):4494-506. DOI:10.1128/MCB.00074-08 · 5.04 Impact Factor
  • Maki Ishii, Nobuaki Maeda
    Neuroscience Research 01/2007; 58. DOI:10.1016/j.neures.2007.06.1076 · 2.15 Impact Factor
  • Neuroscience Research 01/2007; 58. DOI:10.1016/j.neures.2007.06.1075 · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pleiotrophin is an 18-kDa heparin-binding growth factor, which uses chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycan, PTPzeta as a receptor. It has been suggested that the D-type structure (GlcA(2S)beta1-3GalNAc(6S)) in CS contributes to the high affinity binding between PTPzeta and pleiotrophin. Here, we analyzed the interaction of shark cartilage CS-D with pleiotrophin using a surface plasmon resonance biosensor to reveal the importance of D-type structure. CS-D was partially digested with chondroitinase ABC, and fractionated using a Superdex 75pg column. The > or =18-mer CS fractions showed significant binding to pleiotrophin, and the longer fractions had stronger affinity for pleiotrophin than the shorter ones. The approximately 46-mer CS fraction bound to densely immobilized pleiotrophin with high affinity (K(D) = approximately 30 nM), and the binding reactions fitted the bivalent analyte model. However, when the density of the immobilized pleiotrophin was lowered, the strength of affinity remarkably decreased (K(D) = approximately 2.5 microM), and the reactions no longer fitted the model and were considered to be monovalent binding. The 20 approximately 24-mer fractions showed low affinity binding to densely immobilized pleiotrophin (K(D) = 3 approximately 20 microM), which seemed to be monovalent. When approximately 22-mer CS oligosaccharides were fractionated by strong anion exchange HPLC, each fraction differed in affinity for pleiotrophin (K(D) = 0.36 approximately >10 microM), and the affinity correlated with the amounts of D- and E- (GlcAbeta1-3GalNAc(4S,6S)) type oversulfated structures. These results suggest that the binding of pleiotrophin to CS is regulated by multivalency with CS approximately 20 mer as a unit and by the amounts of oversulfated structures.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 03/2006; 281(8):4894-902. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M507750200 · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chondroitin sulfate is a long sulfated polysaccharide with enormous structural heterogeneity that binds with various proteins, such as growth factors, in a structure-dependent manner. In this study, we analyzed the expression of chondroitin sulfate in the postnatally developing cerebellar cortex by using three monoclonal antibodies against chondroitin sulfate, MO-225, 2H6, and CS-56, which recognize different structural domains in this polysaccharide. During the first postnatal week, the patterns of immunohistochemical staining made by these antibodies were quite similar, and the molecular layer, the granule cell layer, and Bergmann glial fibers in the external granular layer were densely stained. After postnatal day 12 (P12), the expression of 2H6 epitopes was down-regulated in the molecular layer, and the expression of CS-56 epitopes in this layer was also reduced after P16. On the other hand, the strong expression of MO-225 epitopes, GlcA(2S)beta1-3GalNAc(6S) (D unit)-containing structures, remained until adulthood. These chondroitin sulfate epitopes were observed around Purkinje cells, including cell soma and dendrites. Detailed immunohistochemical analysis suggested that chondroitin sulfate was deposited between Purkinje cell surfaces and the processes of Bergmann glia. Furthermore, the amount of pleiotrophin, a heparin-binding growth factor, in the cultured cerebellar slices was remarkably diminished after treatment with chondroitinase ABC or D unit-rich chondroitin sulfate. With the previous findings that pleiotrophin binds to D unit-rich chondroitin sulfate, we suggest that the D-type structure is important for the signaling of pleiotrophin, which plays roles in Purkinje cell-Bergmann glia interaction, and that the structural changes of chondroitin sulfate regulate this signaling pathway.
    Journal of Neuroscience Research 11/2005; 82(2):172-83. DOI:10.1002/jnr.20639 · 2.73 Impact Factor
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    Tomio Yabe, Toshihiro Hata, Jue He, Nobuaki Maeda
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    ABSTRACT: Heparan sulfate (HS) binds with various proteins including growth factors, morphogens, and extracellular matrix molecules to regulate their biological functions. These regulatory interactions are considered to be dependent on the structure of HS, which is determined by HS sulfotransferases. To gain insights into the functions of HS sulfotransferases in the development of the nervous system, we examined the expression of these enzymes (3-O-sulfotransferase-1 [3-OST-1], -2, -4; 6-OST-1, -2, -3; and N-deacetylase /N-sulfotransferase-1 [NDST-1], -2, -3) by in situ hybridization and real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The expression of these genes was spatiotemporally regulated. In the E16 cerebrum, the expression of these genes showed two patterns: (1) selective expression at cortical plate (CP) and ventricular zone (VZ) and (2) wider expression by the cells in the marginal zone (MZ), CP, subplate (SP), and VZ. At P1, most genes showed similar expression patterns, but after P7, these genes were expressed differentially in a layer-specific manner. In the P1 cerebellum, the external granule cell layer (EGL) expressed most genes, the expressions of which were down-regulated at P7. In contrast, Purkinje cells began to express many of these genes after P7. These complex expression patterns suggest that the structure of HS is altered spatiotemporally for regulating various biological activities in the developing brain including the proliferation of neuronal progenitors, extension of axons, and formation of dendrites. We discuss possible functional roles of these sulfotransferases in the signaling of several HS-binding proteins such as fibroblast growth factors, slit, netrin, and sonic hedgehog.
    Glycobiology 11/2005; 15(10):982-93. DOI:10.1093/glycob/cwi090 · 3.75 Impact Factor
  • Nobuaki Maeda
    Tanpakushitsu kakusan koso. Protein, nucleic acid, enzyme 12/2004; 49(15 Suppl):2348-53.
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    ABSTRACT: Midkine is a heparin-binding growth factor that promotes the growth, survival, migration and differentiation of various target cells. So far, receptor-type protein tyrosine phosphatase zeta, low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related protein and anaplastic lymphoma kinase have been identified as receptors for midkine. We found beta1 integrin in midkine-binding proteins from 13-day-old mouse embryos. beta1-Integrin bound to a midkine-agarose column and was eluted mostly with EDTA. Further study revealed that the alpha-subunits capable of binding to midkine were alpha4 and alpha6. Purified alpha4beta1- and alpha6beta1-integrins bound midkine. Anti-alpha4 antibody inhibited the midkine-dependent migration of osteoblastic cells, and anti-alpha6 antibody inhibited the midkine-dependent neurite outgrowth of embryonic neurons. After midkine treatment, tyrosine phosphorylation of paxillin, an integrin-associated molecule, was transiently increased in osteoblastic cells. Therefore, we concluded that alpha4beta1- and alpha6beta1-integrins are functional receptors for midkine. We observed that the low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-6 ectodomain was immunoprecipitated with alpha6beta1-integrin and alpha4beta1-integrin. The low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-6 ectodomain was also immunoprecipitated with receptor-type protein tyrosine phosphatase zeta. alpha4beta1- and alpha6beta1-Integrins are expected to co-operate with other midkine receptors, possibly in a multimolecular complex that contains other midkine receptors.
    Journal of Cell Science 11/2004; 117(Pt 22):5405-15. DOI:10.1242/jcs.01423 · 5.33 Impact Factor

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  • 2010–2013
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2003–2010
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2004
    • Keio University
      • Department of Anatomy
      Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan
  • 1994–2004
    • National Institute for Basic Biology
      Okazaki, Aichi, Japan